AthenaOnline has been talking about the benefits of microlearning for almost 20 years. In the last few years, however, the idea of bite-sized learning has taken off like wildfire. Perhaps it is a due to rapid delivery and deployment. Maybe it is the lack of time available to training and development in organizations. According to research done by Bersin by Deloitte employees can only devote 4.8 minutes per day to development, so 5-minute lessons make a lot of sense.
In 1965 David Ausubel of the University of Illinois wrote an article in The Journal of General Psychology entitled "The Role of Frequency in Learning and Retention: A Cognitive Structure Interpretation." It’s a big title and a big concept. David Allen, the best-selling author of Getting Things Done said it a bit simpler when Athena was working with him on some of the original microlearning in 2002. David stated that “small things, done consistently in strategic places create major impact.”